Electrify America and Stable Auto announced the deployment of robotic charging solutions for self-driving vehicles in a pilot demonstration site in San Francisco. The pilot program is aimed at creating the infrastructure needed to deploy self-driving and electric vehicles.
The companies plan on working jointly to pilot a facility that will have the ability to charge autonomous vehicles without human intervention. The charging location will feature a robotic solution attached to a 150kW DC fast charger.
Stable will manage the overall project and pair its robotic technology and advanced scheduling software located at its facility with Electrify America’s chargers. The dedicated fleet-charging facility will allow self-driving EV fleets to charge with no operators present: vehicles can park themselves anywhere inside a standard parking space, and Stable’s robot will automate the connection between the vehicle and the charger.
This charging location will be Stable’s first commercial autonomous charging site and is anticipated to be open in early 2020.